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Cliff Lee Pretty Much Ready for Anything at Trade Deadline

Cliff Lee Pretty Much Ready for Anything at Trade Deadline

When Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports paid a visit to Citizens Bank Park on Friday for Phillies-Brewers Game 1 and didn't much talk to Domonic Brown, you began to wonder why he bothered.


Said Cliff Lee, when asked if he is prepared to be shipped out in, oh, 56 days:

“Yeah, pretty much. Nothing I can do about it, so I’m not going to get too caught up in it.”

Not much of a surprise. With Chase Utley's injury and Carlos Ruiz's iffy production, Lee's really the only marketable commodity for a team likely on the precipice of pushing the reset button. More interesting, then, are some details of that 20-team no-trade clause. (Talk radio, you're welcome.) Morosi provides some deets:

The New York YankeesBoston Red SoxTexas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles are among the 20 teams that would need Lee’s permission to acquire him, the sources told

Morosi notes the smart money is on the Rangers and Orioles, probably because Yankee fans blew it for New York and the Red Sox are pretty thin on the farm. Baltimore's got a nice little offense down there (second in MLB in runs scored) but their 4.85 starter ERA will otherwise keep them out of the postseason. The Rangers have lost much (Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando and Colby Lewis all on the DL) and up-and-comers Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm are too green to be relied on in October.

Assuming Lee would sign off on a deal.

Of course, if it were up to Lee, who may or may not have signed in here in Winter 2010 because of how the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia could treat his special-needs son, he'd probably rather stay put.

A reminder why we're having this conversation: even if the Phillies have to eat a considerable amount of the $62.5 million he's due for two years after this season, none of which they're likely to be competitive for anyway, if done right, dangling a left-handed former Cy Young winner could net some serious prospects. And because trading Cole Hamels would be dumb.

Leaving you with this, a depressing quotable on the nature of the MLB trade deadline beast, from a guy who's lived it three times:

“Every time I’ve been traded, before that every organization would say, ‘You’ll be the first one to know if we’re ever going to move you,’” Lee said, recalling that he learned of each trade while watching television. “I was the last one to know every time.”


Enrico's note: this post originally said Cliff Lee "expected to be traded" at the deadline. We kind of jumped the gun on assuming that phrasing. Morosi's title says Lee is "fully prepared to be traded again." We apologize for this confusion.

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Corey Clement hopes to 'unleash' Sunday in his hometown debut

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Corey Clement hopes to 'unleash' Sunday in his hometown debut

Corey Clement got to at least act like a running back last Sunday. 

On his only offensive snap — and the first of his career — he lined up in the backfield with Carson Wentz, who shoved the ball into his chest but then pulled it away. It was a play action pass. Clement ran right and the play continued to the left without him. 

That's been the extent of Clement's offensive career in the NFL thus far. While he's already on four phases of special teams, he has one offensive snap and no carries. 

He's hungry. 

"I just want to unleash," Clement said. "I just want to show the world what I can really do."

Fans have been clamoring for it too. While the Eagles' run game either hasn't been good or hasn't been used enough, Clement hasn't even been a part of it.  

The running back from the University of Wisconsin and Glassboro, New Jersey, before that, is trying to stay patient. He's trying to be thankful for even being on the 53-man roster after going undrafted. He's trying to be thankful that the Eagles think enough of him to make him a core special teamer from the start. He even began his NFL career with a bang, when he picked up a tackle on the opening kick in Washington. 

That's great and all, but is this the week he finally gets involved on offense? 

"I hope," Clement said. "I said that last week but I didn't get any touches, so I'm just going to close my mouth on this one and just hope that at the end of the day, we come out with a victory." 

Remember, LeGarrette Blount couldn't even get a carry last week, so the Eagles' running back rotation remains in a state of uncertainty, at least to the outside world. 

Clement, 22, isn't shy about his desire to play more on offense, but he's been respectful about it too. He isn't taking shots at his teammates or the coaching staff. He just wants a chance to do more. 

And he thinks if he gets it, he'll be able to add a new dimension to the Eagles' rushing attack. 

"I definitely think so," he said. "And if I didn't think so, I'd be in the wrong business. I gotta have high confidence within myself because I wouldn't be on this team if it wasn't. They wouldn't have the confidence or the faith in me to even be on this 53-man roster. So like I said, I'm just being patient, just waiting for my time. Not saying anything and just showing up to practice. Going out there and just having a good time. When my time is called, just really give them something to think about." 

Clement admitted ticket requests from family and friends have been a little crazy this week. That shouldn't be much of a surprise. After all, this is the first home game of his career and it's happening a short drive from where he grew up and starred at Glassboro High School. 

He's hoping for more, but if nothing else, his family and friends will get a chance to see him on the field as a special teamer. 

"I've just been waiting, I've been waiting, I've been waiting," Clement said. "I've just been keeping that in the back of my mind. I'm like, 'darn, we gotta wait three weeks just to play on our home field.' But at the same time, just gotta be thankful for it all."